“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”
― Mother Teresa
In 1972 JPUSA began when a ragtag group of Christians wanted to change the world for Jesus. Now more than forty years later, they are still at it. What started as simply inviting folks in for a meal became a feeding program. What began as a phone call from a mother looking for housing eventually became a shelter, and now a complex of ministries dedicated to housing and resource services. Working together, ordinary people have been able to accomplish extraordinary things.
“Many people are good at talking about what they are doing, but in fact do little. Others do a lot but don’t talk about it; they are the ones who make a community live.”
― Jean Vanier, Community And Growth
In the 21st century community makes more sense than ever. By pooling resources, we use less resources. We at JPUSA have heard a call from God to reach Chicago’s inner city and beyond with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Perhaps JPUSA’s most important benefit is helping each member grow and mature in the Christian faith through an intensive environment of Christian fellowship, pastoral care, biblical teaching, and practical work either through our tent-making businesses or through our various outreaches to the “least of these.”
“ ‘For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me. . . Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’ ”
― Matthew 25:35, 36, 45